If you need extra money but don't want a staff job, freelance work may be the answer. These days, companies hire freelancers for everything from writing and design to delivery and sales.
Pros and cons: You usually don't get benefits, but can often set your own schedule and may even be able to work from home. The pay is self-employment income, and is viewed differently than normal wages by the IRS. You'll need to file specific tax forms with your annual return — and, depending on what you earn, you might need to submit quarterly tax payments. On the plus side, you can deduct many of your expenses, and may qualify for the home office deduction.
Here are three companies hiring independent contractors right now.
What they do: Large trucking and transportation company.
Freelance opportunities available: Truck drivers who are owner/operators.
Requirements: Must be 21 years old with a valid driver's license and good driving record. Prefer drivers with at least a year of experience. All trucks will be inspected by a mechanic to ensure they are in good working order and pass all DOT regulations.
Hours/Pay: Hours vary by route, but many drivers are on the road up to two weeks at a stretch, with two or three days home in between. The average driver logs about 2,500 miles per week. They pay 90 cents a mile for all carrier-directed miles (loaded or empty), plus fuel surcharge.
Other info: None of their routes require travel to Canada or New York City. They also have expedited/team opportunities for drivers who can team up with a friend or relative.
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